Effectiveness of Community-based Rehabilitation Program for Persons with Special Needs in Plateau State

  • Racheal Asibi Amwe Faculty of Education, University of Jos, Nigeria
  • Charity Ukwo Aliu Faculty of Education, University of Jos, Nigeria
  • Patricia Kwalzoom Longpoe
Keywords: Community-based rehabilitation, Community workers, Visual impairment

Abstract

Background: The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of community-based rehabilitation (CBR) program for persons with visual impairment in Jos, Plateau State. Materials and Methods: The descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. The target sample comprised 16 persons with visual impairment in Jos North LGA of Plateau State. The instrument used for data collection for the study was a structured questionnaire which consists of 20 items is designed along a 3-point Likert-type scale. Results: Among the major findings of the study areas follows, the study revealed that CBR services provided by community workers are generally inadequate. In addition, the study also revealed the need for collaboration between the community, persons with special needs, NGO’s and CBR workers/managers in the provision of CBR services. It was, however, recommended that communities, parents and/or families of the persons with visual impairment as well as other stakeholders should be actively involved in CBR programs. Conclusion: CBR services provided by community workers are generally inadequate and will require the involvement of persons with special needs and community members and facilities within the communities to improve its effectiveness.

Author Biographies

Racheal Asibi Amwe, Faculty of Education, University of Jos, Nigeria

Lecturer II, Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Sciences,

Charity Ukwo Aliu, Faculty of Education, University of Jos, Nigeria

Lecturer II, Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Sciences,

Patricia Kwalzoom Longpoe

Lecturer II, Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Education, University of Jos, Nigeria

Published
2016-03-30
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